Uganda has registered a new baby gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimp Corps report.
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on Thursday afternoon announced the birth in Mubare gorilla group.
Situated in the Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mubare group is the oldest habituated family of Gorillas in Uganda.
In 1991, UWA started the habituation process (which means that they are familiar to getting into contact with humans).
This process took about two years and by 1993 they started receiving tourist visitors.
The group was named after the gorgeous Mubare Hills in which this group was first seen.
UWA today revealed that the birth occurred at around 1:30pm.
“Karungi gave birth. Mother and baby are healthy,” said UWA, adding, “This is the second baby born in Mubare Uganda’s oldest Gorilla group within a period of three weeks.”
The sex of Karungi’s baby is not yet established.
Tourism now ranks as Uganda’s number one foreign exchange earner.
In 2018, the tourism sector contributed 7.7% equaling to 8 trillion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Also, Tourism is Uganda’s major export earner, which scooped USD 1.6bn from travelers visiting various tourism products all over the country.
Uganda’s main tourist spots are national parks (Bwindi forest, Mgahinga gorilla, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Fall, Mt Elgon, Mt Rwenzori, Semuliki Valley, Kidepo Valley, and Lake Mburo National parks) located in different corners of the country.
Gorilla tourism has helped Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to develop into a major centre for employment of the local community. The prospect of work enticed many people into the region and as a result the population in the vicinity of the park has increased dramatically.